Petteri Pitko

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"Harpsichord created magical images. - Pitko combined in his concert early and new music in a fascinating way. The sound of his harpsichord was the most colourful, profound, expressive, and resonating in the dance pieces of François Couperin where the composer shows his ability to create magic illusions." - Helsingin Sanomat

As a soloist and chamber musician, Petteri Pitko is a busy international performer as well as playing with the Finnish Baroque Orchestra and the Berlin-based Sheridan Ensemble. He is the artistic director of the Finnish Baroque Orchestra (www.fibo.fi), and he works as a lecturer for harpsichord and chamber music at the NOVIA University of Applied Sciences in Finland.

Photo: Annette Koroll

Photo: Annette Koroll

As a soloist, Petteri Pitko has performed with renowned orchestras, such as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, and the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra. He has played at several European music festivals (Chamber Music Series of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Musica Festival Strasbourg, Festival de musique de Besançon, Ultraschall Festival Berlin, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Time of Music Viitasaari, among others), in China, Korea (Tongyeong International Music Festival) and the Canary Islands, and he has worked as orchestral musician and continuo player for numerous ensembles, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Ensemble Resonanz, the RIAS Chamber Choir, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

His diverse repertoire extends from the early baroque to the 21st-century music. One of his main interests is in New Music for harpsichord and he has given several world premieres of chamber and solo works by composers such as Misato Mochizuki, Sarah Nemtsov, Perttu Haapanen, Sebastian Fagerlund, and Jyrki Linjama.

Petteri Pitko studied harpsichord at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, with Huguette Dreyfus in Paris and with Mitzi Meyerson at the University of Arts in Berlin, from which he graduated with Honours.

"Among the highlights of my visit were (...) a perky performance of Beethoven's absurdly exuberant Andante and Variations for mandolin and harpsichord given by Ugo Orlandi and Petteri Pitko." - The Irish Times